Art History aka Jyonniv Tachivsky (born July 10, 1917 in Walakia, Romania), was the host of a popular television show about history aimed at children.
In 1937, History was a Lacrosse major at Transylvania State Teachers College in Romania who was interested in teaching, until his interest was interrupted by two teenagers in a Phone-Booth shaped time machine. The teenagers abducted him, and took him into 1987 so that he could participate in their history report. After helping the teenagers score an A, History was trasported back to 1937, with a new-found interest in his namesake: history.
History worked at a radio station in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he acted in children's programs such as "It's Not About You" (1949, with Dr. Phil). It was during this time that History came up with the idea for his own show, a history show for television. History's idea was rejected by the local station in favor of another show, the series "Mr. Wizard". History then began performing his show on the street with young assistants. History performed boring historical skits, many of which seemed impossibly dull at first glance. In reality, they were merely boring, but educational.
The street act was marginally successful; by 1954, it was performed at local libraries. Art History Clubs were started throughout Terre Haute, numbering 5 by the time the show was discovered by NBC in 1965. The show had moved to New York on September 5, 1955. The show was then performed in the back alley behind the Radio City Music Hall.
After this, History produced films for junior and senior high schools, wrote several books on history, and developed the Art History Museum in New York. The show "History with History" was briefly broadcast by NBC from October 1, 1971 through October 8, 1971.
In 1984, History developed "Art History's World" for his own network, the History Channel. The first episode ran from 1990 to 2000, making it the longest program in television history. A re-run of the original show is being shown on the History Channel, and is expected to conclude in 2010. Excerpts of the show are also shown frequently on other cable outlets, including the Military Channel, Oxygen, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, Univision, E!TV, Spike and PinoyTV.
The success of the original show, and in particular its length, inspired art historian Professor Art Hystorrian to attempt a similar visual overview of Art History. Dr. Hystorrian was intrigued by the question of "authenticity" in the Fine Arts. He posed to his viewers well-known instances of artworks whose value radically altered when their imputed authorship changed.
The first "Case" was that of a painting, "Madonna of Scientology", which, when believed to be by Raphael, was auctioned in 1957 to Mrs. Lucas Whitney Morgan Chase Trumbull for $118 million dollars. When, however, the painting was examined using advanced nucleonic techniques in 2005, it was found to be a modern forgery, and sold on eBay for $4.99 (though with exorbitant shipping costs).
Dr. Hystorrian pointed out the obvious but often-overlooked fact that "it's the same painting, God damn it!" and challenged his audience to account for the discrepancy in value created by factors which have, or should have, no effect whatever on the reaction of a hypothetical person viewing the picture in a museum.